All this buzz about Vegansexuals got me thinking...just how illogical are Vegans anyway?
I'm not saying this to be nasty, I use the term in its philosophical sense.
Here's what I mean. TV had a Vegan woman on tonight suggesting that eating a carrot or potato was not akin in moral terms to eating an animal.
Maybe, maybe not. The way I see it, there are some common factors. Both animal and vegetable are alive. Vegetables don't move much because their cell walls are rigid...but nonetheless they are alive and based on the same DNA code the rest of us are (human = daffodil 60%).
So if the issue is one of life, killing a plant is still taking a life.
Perhaps the issue is pain. There are conflicting theories on whether plants feel pain. But then, given the different morphologies, it is possible that we are applying animal pain templates onto vegetable life, without accounting for the possibility that plants may feel pain at a cellular, rather than central, level.
Let's assume they don't feel pain, and that makes eating them OK. On that basis, tranquilising a sheep should render it permissible for slaughter and then human consumption, yes?
Can't be about pain, then.
What about self-awareness?
Plants probably don't have self-awareness (although we really don't know), but why is self-awareness the issue? No plant has the self-awareness of an animal, and no animal has the self-awareness of a human. No matter how you attack the problem, it is a sliding scale of relativism.
Knowing that the only logical alternative is starving themselves to death, the Vegan chooses to draw the line in the sand between vegetable and animal. It is an arbitrary line because, as I've shown, it still involves killing.
Who is the Vegan to say that the life of a carrot is any less important to that carrot than the life of a lamb is to the lamb? How can the Vegan make a value judgement on behalf of another species?
The Darwinistic line is "eat or be eaten". The Theistic line is "God gave man dominion over all the animals". Even the Dalai Lama chows down on juicy steak.
I'd be interested to hear from any Vegans on the errors in my logic on this.